Detroit Opera Names Roberto Kalb Music Director

By Francisco Salazar

Detroit Opera has named Roberto Kalb as its next Music Director, effective Nov. 20, 2022, through the end of the 2025–26 season.

In this position, Kalb will join Gary L. Wasserman, Artistic Director Yuval Sharon, and Associate Artistic Director Christine Goerke as a member of the company’s artistic leadership under President and CEO Wayne S. Brown.

In a statement, Kalb noted, “I am thrilled to become the Music Director of Detroit Opera. I feel deeply connected to this company, orchestra, and community. I can’t wait to continue and aid in Detroit Opera’s leading-edge artistry, under Wayne Brown’s leadership, with Yuval Sharon’s pioneering artistic vision, and to work closely with the brilliant Christine Goerke, and the amazing Detroit Opera staff. I’ve had such fabulous rapport with the Detroit Opera Orchestra from the get-go, and I’m excited for the many projects and operas that we will bring to life together in the coming seasons. I can’t imagine an opera company that is more in touch with what it means to produce opera for our modern-day audiences, or one that is better attuned to its community.”

Kalb made his Detroit Opera debut during the 2017–18 season with Ricky Ian Gordon’s “27.” Most recently he led Yuaval Sharon’s reverse-chronology production of “La bohème.”

In his tenure Kalb will conduct at least one production per season, beginning in the fall of 2023, and work alongside Assistant Music Director and Chorus Master Suzanne Acton and Head of Music Nathalie Doucet to build and sustain the artistic quality of the Detroit Opera Orchestra and Detroit Opera Chorus. As a representative of Detroit Opera’s artistic leadership, Kalb will also work closely with members of the Metro Detroit community in fundraising, education, and community engagement activities.

Kalb will become the second Music Director in Detroit Opera history after founder and former Artistic Director David DiChiera, who held the position from 1963 through his retirement from the position in 2016.